I've written about this before and apologize for the repetition and for just not understanding. But I'm desperate here and I'm seeking a solution for my problem; so I'm asking:
For those of you who have products you've invented or sell, where do you publish articles about your product? With last weeks' hubpages email regarding Google’s definition of "spammy" I really don't know how a person can write about his or her products and be seen! "Products are considered spam that are... meant to benefit the Hubber and not the reader"). If I mention my product, of COURSE it's going to benefit me. I have a card game I created and could write a nice article about how and why I created it and the benefits of playing. I have two apps, but apparently if I write about creating apps, I can't link to my own apps. I have software for teachers that allows them to make a computer game. I could write another whole article about the history of that and the effects in the classroom, but again, to link to that game seems like a violation. I have numerous online learning games that would be great references for teachers. Again, if I write about them and link to my website, it seems as if I'm not in compliance. So WHERE, WHERE, WHERE do YOU go to write articles about YOUR products? I'm getting terribly frustrated with this. When you view the terrible hacking of people's production (recent hacking of Sony productions ready to hit the market), when you see extensive product placement on TV and in children's productions, it seems unjust to me that a small business owner is so limited in writing about his or her own products. Perhaps there's a secret I just don't know about.
Yeah, I've had a website since 1992. I recently changed the website name to sell my first name because it didn't deal with our product and have rebuildt the website. I never have received many purchases of our software or other products there. Very discouraged.
How active is the site? Do you update it regularly with new posts?
My site was created in 1997 and I posted there daily for a decade - got hundreds of thousands of dollars in business and peaked at 400,000 uniques monthly. I don't do that business any more, but the site still gets 150,000 visitors monthly and I still get inquiries. The only secret was new material daily.
Your own website/blog, Facebook, Twitter etc. you can write about your product/games here and explain how you developed them and how they will benefit the reader etc. you can have two links to your product. They are allowed to benefit you just have to pack your hub with beneficial information to the reader.
I have a Biz Blog on blogger; I have a facebook page for my children's books, I have four Twitter accounts (I post on all 4 of them at once with hootsuite when appropriate), I have a website with online fill-in-the-blank learning games, a solitaire game I invented, and audio essays on my website, and a website for my children's books exclusively with an adorable game that reinforces the characters. I write about my products on bubblews as well sometimes. I just don't know how to incorporate a hub where it's not promotional. If for example, I write about some software we have created that allows teachers, parents, etc. to create their content into a classic computer game, and then link that to my product, wouldn't that be overly promotional? If I tell how I created an app of mine that has 4500 free downloads and was made with ibuildapp and then link to the app, isn't that overly promotional. If I explain how to play our solitaire game that has no numbers and link to my website, isn't that overly promotional? If any one has an example of how someone did this (i.e. write about a product they created, and link to the website without promoting it) I'd love to follow the example. Thanks Jodah for your response I really want to generate some business. I've been doing this a long, long time with really no success except the satisfaction that some people are enjoying my products. However, I need to make money and I'm at the point of giving up over 10 years of work and just saying I simply wasn't successful at this.
You can have two links to a site without breaking the rules on being "over promotional"; however the page that you link to should not just repeat what you already said in your hub without adding additional information, etc.. look at the learning center as they define what could be defined as being spam - remember that the guidelines within the site are here to help avoid issues with Google not just random rules to upset the members.
If a page is seen by Google as being over promotional or spammy then Google will not be sending traffic..
If you want to promote your educational stuff on HP approach it from a different angle rather than just talking about the product;
You say they are educational so I assume that you designed them to tackle specific educational issues so write about the issues and how they can be tackled; with a link to your site to a page that actually explains how the game works and of course how it can be bought.
People search Google for answers to problems; so write about the problems; you will likely get more traffic that way also.
Hope that helps..
Maybe not focus so much that it is you that invented the product and why you did it. Talk just about the product, how it can be used, and what the benefits are. Then put the two links you are allowed into the information. Maybe without mentioning yourself, then it won't appear to be spammy. It will seem like it is just a review of a good product that others should investigate on their own by going to the link.
The place to talk about yourself, why you invented it and your years of experience in the field is on your own website.
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